IV vitamin therapy has recently gained exposure in the media. Most likely you have heard of it, but aren’t quite sure what the fuss is all about. In today’s fast paced world, we often aren’t able to find the time or energy required to attain optimum nutrient status. Thanks to a modern American diet that is largely reliant on calorie rich, nutrient deficient food, there are very few ways to achieve proper vitamin/mineral requirements at the cellular level. As a society, we have moved away from the important natural remedies that vitamins provide and toward big pharma to help with whatever ails us. However, there are a multitude of environmental and physiological factors that play a role in why intravenous vitamin therapy is the best way to achieve peak nutrition and keep our bodies running at optimal levels at all times.
Malabsorption- The intestine is the primary site of absorption for most nutrients. Between gastrointestinal disorders like IBS or Crohn’s Disease, bariatric surgery and loss of ‘good bacteria’ due to antibiotic use, many people suffer from an inability to adequately absorb vitamins and minerals. This can lead to many problems such as decreased energy, low electrolyte levels, frequent illness and anemia. When vitamins and minerals are given intravenously, they bypass the problems associated with the GI tract and are able to be fully absorbed by the tissues.
General Surgery- Much like trauma, surgery is one of the biggest stressors our bodies can go through. The process of wound healing increases the metabolism and therefore requires higher volumes of vitamins and minerals such as Zinc, Vitamin C and protein. Through their immune system enhancement and collagen building abilities, these specific macronutrients are the key building blocks for cell recovery and regrowth and could not be more influential in the healing process.
Stress- Unfortunately stress is a common theme among most American lifestyles, and as stated by the National Institute of Health, affects over 40 million adults today. Stressors, whether they be psychological, environmental or physiological are increasingly hard on the body and because of the rapid depletion of crucial vitamins, eventually result in noticeable symptoms such as fatigue, restlessness, changes in appetite and even illness. Most of us cope by pushing the stress to the side and using caffeine, sugar, cigarettes and/or alcohol to mask or compensate for the uncomfortable side effects. These coping mechanisms often lead to significant weight gain or loss, hypertension, digestion and blood sugar issues.
Extensive Exercise- Regular exercise results in a faster metabolism which increases the body’s vitamin and mineral requirement. Supplementation is then necessary for the maintenance of adequate body tissue and higher need/production of red blood cells. When we sweat, we lose essential minerals, electrolytes and water that can easily be replaced intravenously. Water is an essential component of our makeup and something that athletes don’t always focus on enough. Water is stored with glycogen in our muscles, so without the proper amount we are unable to store energy. Water helps regulate our body temperature, determines the viscosity of our blood, regulates toxins and keeps our skin healthy.
It is nearly impossible to obtain the nutritional status that our bodies require without IV vitamin therapy. It is estimated that only 7-20% of the vitamins we consume orally are delivered to the cells and tissues. When given through an IV, these crucial vitamins and minerals are administered directly to the bloodstream and are 100% absorbed at the cellular level allowing high doses to be delivered safely and effectively.